Obituaries

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Escott, Capt. Kenneth Gordon

May 24, 1936 – December 12, 2018
at the age of 82 years

After a long and difficult illness, Ken left us peacefully on December 12, 2018 in Salmon Arm, B.C.  He leaves to mourn his brother Harry (Oresia) of Montreal, sister Kathleen Prince (Hayward) of Winnipeg, son Christopher (Lindsey) of Edmonton, daughter Laurie of Edmonton, grandsons Kyle and Owen, and granddaughter Justine. He is also survived by his sister-in-law France Brown and her husband Doug and sister in law Alice Hastings plus numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister Iris, his first wife Joan and his second wife Marie-Paule.
Ken was born in Winnipeg to Fred and Agnes (Chambers) Escott. From his earliest years, he always knew what he wanted to do for a living – he wanted to fly. 
He realized his dream. His first jobs were bush flying, where he had some hair-raising adventures. In time, as one of Canada’s earliest water bomber pilots, he progressed to water bombing, flying Canso’s. His career then took him to Midwest Airlines, Transair, and Canadian Airlines, from which he retired as Captain of Boeing 737s. He was proud of being a “by the book” pilot.
Ken was a kind, modest man. He didn’t often talk about his adventures, but when we could get him going he’d often laugh till the tears ran down his face. We urged him to write his memoirs, to no avail. 
Ken loved being surrounded by family, so much so that, when he’d visit out-of-town relatives, rather than stay in a hotel, he preferred to cram his 6’4″ frame onto someone’s too-short sofa. His love of family was further evidenced by the generosity he showed in playing tour guide to multiple family members, young and old, in his favourite place, Hawaii. It was his happy place. 
France and Doug, you are both so special. Whatever would we have done without you? Those innumerable trips, first to Kelowna, then to Salmon Arm in rain, shine, or snow; all those doctor visits; taking care of business affairs, plus a million so-called “little things” that made such a difference to Ken, and to us – you’ll never know how much they meant.
No service, by request. In lieu of flowers, donations to Parkinson Canada would be appreciated.

King, Frederick Thomas “Tom”

February 10, 193 – December 11, 2018
at the age of 85 years

Tom will be interred December 17, 1:00 p.m. at Westwold Cemetery.  A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

We are sad to announce the passing of Tom (F.T.) King on December 11, 2018 in Salmon Arm at the age of 85 years.  He was born in Vernon February 10, 1933 to Eddie and Ellen King.  
Tom is survived by his loving wife Kris, his children Sandra, Russell (Seema), Thom (Christina), Linda (Doug), Loretta (Greg), Ken (Sue), Aimee (Broc) and Curtis, 18 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren, sister Dorothy and brother Ken (Bev).
A Cowboy at heart, Tom had many adventures throughout his life. He enjoyed telling stories of Hunting, Ranching, working for Hydro and driving School Bus.  Tom loved his family and his friends and was happiest with them around him.
The family would like to thank Dr. Darren Lorenz, Cy O’Dell, the staff at Harmony Haven and the staff of Mt. Ida Mews for the wonderful care they gave Tom.

 
 
 

Trenholm, Valerie

May 4, 1944 – December 7, 2018
at the age of 74 years

Please join us for a small memorial service on Saturday, December 15, 2018, 1:00 pm, upstairs at the Sicamous Legion, 322 Main Street, Sicamous, BC

It is with great sadness that the family of Valerie Florence Trenholm announces her passing in Kelowna, B.C. on December 7, 2018. Her time was taken much too soon at the age of 74.
Valerie will be lovingly remembered always by her husband Edward, two daughters Debbie and Charmane, sister Beverley Bracklow, her four grandchildren: Justin and Ashley Lazzarotto, Zoe and Blake Lafond as well, as her extended loving family. She leaves behind the friendship and love of numerous close friends, along with many more who had the pleasure of sharing a laugh with her.
Please join us for a small memorial service on Saturday, December 15, 2018, 1:00 pm, upstairs at the Sicamous Legion.  As per Val’s request there will be a big celebration of life to follow in the summer, to be posted at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to “The Heart & Stroke Foundation”.

Every, Randy Carl

September 2, 1980 – December 6, 2018
at the age of 38 years

Celebration of Life:  Saturday, December 22, 2018, White Lake Hall, 1:00 p.m.

 

 

 

Skofteby, Vidar

July 25, 1949 – December 1, 2018
at the age of 69 years

After a long battle with cancer we are saddened to announce the passing of Vidar. He passed away peacefully in his home with his loving wife Marilyn by his side.
Vidar was born in Fredrikstad, Norway and came to Canada with his family in 1954. He married his wife Marilyn in January of 1969 and they moved to Tappen in 1975, where they lived a full life. He worked for many years at Federated Coop as a heavy duty mechanic. His was very passionate about music, theatre, sports and enjoyed good times with family and friends.
Vidar will be missed very much by his wife Marilyn, sons Brent (Vikki) and Kris (Rhonda), and grandchildren Brynn, Kaiya, Paige, Ethan and Finn.  Vidar is survived by his parents Asbjourn and Aasse, his sister Irene, his niece Jenny and family, and his nephew Jon. 
Many thanks to Dr. Weicker and his staff for their constant support and compassion.
A celebration of life for Vidar will be held in the spring with the date to be announced.

Kurta, Leonard

September 10, 1933 – November 30, 2018
at the age of 85 years

Celebration of Life:  Wednesday, December 5, 2018, 1:00 p.m., Elk’s Hall, Salmon Arm

Len Kurta passed away peacefully on Friday November 30, 2018 in Bastion Place Care facility in Salmon Arm BC. Len was born September 10, 1933 in Granada, Alberta, the second son of Walter and Lena (Capostinsky) Kurta. After a short time in Toronto, Ont. Len’s mother moved the family to Salmon Arm in 1948. He attended school in Salmon Arm in the old Salmon Arm Court House building, graduating from Salmon Arm Jr. Sr. high school in 1952. 
Len married Nancy Griffith in 1956 and together they raised their family of four children in Salmon Arm. Len’s career included logging and operating heavy duty equipment. His work took him to Alaska and various parts of BC including the Kootenays, Rogers Pass, Mica and Revelstoke dams and finally the Mt. McDonald tunnel. Most of his career was as an equipment foreman.
During his working years Len’s hobbies included hunting, fishing, family camping trips and traveling .Thirty years of retirement brought enjoyable time spent golfing, gardening, curling, hunting, fishing, cross country skiing and time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren, family and friends.
Len was predeceased by his parents Lena and Walter Kurta and his brother Eddie (1956). He is missed by Nancy, his loving wife of 62 years, son Robert, daughters Debbie, Carol (John) and Gail, brother John (Edwina), sisters Iva and Ella (Bob), brothers Rick and Ron,11 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren as well as many nieces and nephews.
The family wishes to thank Doctors McKinnon and Weicker and the “angels” that cared at Bastion Place. Many thanks go to Len’s “buddy” Dick who regularly brought him three of Lorraine’s cookies with each visit.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to your favourite charity or the Shuswap Rotary Club of Salmon Arm, in Memory of Leonard Kurta.

He will be missed by his family and friends.

 

Fountain, Brian Keith

November 28, 1953 – November 28, 2018
at the age of 65 years

Celebration of life: Royal Canadian Legion, Salmon Arm on Dec. 9, 2018 from 12:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Brian, age 65, passed away peacefully on Nov. 28, 2018 with his wife Katie by his side.
He was born in Rose Valley, SK on November 28, 1953.
He also leaves behind three sons Ryan (Rebecca), Keith (Kirsten) and Randy (Angela), three grandchildren, six sisters and three brothers.
Brian loved to dance to country music, playing crib, carpentry and socializing with his many friends.
A Celebration of his life will be held at the Royal Canadian Legion, Salmon Arm on Dec. 9, 2018 from 12:00 – 3:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the SPCA would be appreciated.